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The Mephisto Waltz (1971)

Alan Alda's character is a music journalist whose career as a piano player came to an end when his debut concert received undeservedly scathing reviews.

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Myles Clarkson
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Paula Clarkson
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Roxanne Delancey
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Bill Delancey (as Brad Dillman)
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Dr. Roger West
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Maggie West
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Abby Clarkson
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Duncan Mowbray Ely (as Curt Jurgens)
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Agency Chief
Gregory Morton ...
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Janee Michelle ...
Agency Chief's Girlfriend
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Woman Writer
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Zanc Theun
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Bennett
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Alan Alda plays a classical piano player on the rise who befriends a famous player himself who's at death's door. Unknown to Alda, the guy is a satanist, who arranges to have their souls switch places at his death, so that he can be young again and continue to play piano (thus needing a skilled piano player like Alda to switch bodies with). Written by Humberto Amador

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28 June 1971 (Sweden)  »

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Satan, mon amour  »

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At one point in the film, there is a very subtle reference to the "Curious Case of Benjamin Button", the short story by F. Scott Fitzgerald first published in 1922. When Myles is having his facial mask done by Paula, Duncan comes into the room and after a few moments says "People should be born at seventy, and live their life backwards!" This is the exact age of Benjamin Button when he is "born" in the Fitzgerald story. See more »

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Myles Clarkson: We could use a new brand of Scotch. This tastes like a poor man's kilt.
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The Mephisto Waltz
Written by Franz Liszt
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A memorable horror film
5 October 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Quinn Martin Productions venture into theatrical films as opposed to its television work is a tidy little entry in the Satanic genre which the late 1960s and early 1970s were chock full of and it is sad that we do not see such films today.

The stunning beauty Barbara Parkins and the irrepressible Curt Jürgens steal the show and turn in performances that dwarf the rest of the cast. This is a low budget film and yet without all of today's special effects it is readily more thrilling and frightening than the typical horror film of contemporary American film.

Thank heavens it is on DVD I saw it originally and now eagerly seek to have it for my collection.


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